I know that everyone that goes to the gym is an expert and knows exactly what they are doing…not really. You have probably noticed that if you were to ever offer advice to someone at the gym they will either seem offended or agree with you but continue to do it the way they previously were. No one is perfect and if someone is offering you advice it is probably for a good reason. So take a look at these popular mistakes people make in the gym and see if there is an aspect of your workout that you need fixing.
Taking Too Long in between Sets
More often than not people take too much rest in between sets. By doing this you are not burning as many calories, your heart rate is dropping, and your muscular and cardiovascular systems are not being taxed the way they should be. Try to avoid talking to people during sets because this is the most common way one minute turns into five. This is also inconsiderate for the other people at the gym. It should not take you 45 minutes to use a machine, if it does someone will be sitting there waiting for their turn. In short, cut your rest time, get a better workout and be more considerate to others who are trying to use the same equipment you are.
Intensity is too Low
Everybody knows the person that sits on the machine and puts the pin at the top and does 20 reps. This intensity is nowhere near high enough for you to get any physiological benefits from working out. Now I am not saying that everyone who goes to the gym should be lifting 400 lbs, but the weight that you are using should be tough and a struggle for you to perform. An easy gauge that might show you that your intensity is too low would be the state you are in when you leave the gym. If you are not sweating, not tired, and do not feel like you did something the next day you need to increase your intensity. This goes for cardio equipment as well. If you go on the treadmill and walk at a 3.5, but you really should be doing a jog at 5.2, then your intensity is too low. If you do not challenge your body you will not see the results you want and one way to challenge the body is by increasing the intensity.
Not doing enough
When you are working out and looking to increase your level of fitness, you have to do a certain amount of work in order for that to happen. A common mistake is that people do not work out enough. If you are wondering why you are not seeing any progress when going to the gym twice a week is because that is not enough to see the progress you want. Three times a week is considered maintenance so you really need to go 4-5 times a week to see the progress you want in your fitness level, whatever that is.
Doing too much
On the other hand, there are people that do too much. There are the people who workout every day of the week for 2-3 hours at a time. If you are doing this you are doing way too much. You may see the results that you want but it is only a matter of time until your body will start to break down. Without the rest you need you can go into a state of over-training. Once you are in this state it takes a long time to recover from it. Also when your body is in a weakened state you are much more susceptible to injury, which is the last thing anybody wants. Your body needs at least one day off if not two a week, which will give it the rest it needs to recover and make the progress you are looking for.
If someone in the gym comes up to you and says that your technique is wrong or your form is bad, there is a really good chance that it is. The likelihood that someone would come up to you and tell you this is unlikely unless you are really off or are in danger of hurting yourself. Please listen to this advice and correct the mistake by using less weight or less momentum or whatever the problem is. It will be better for you in the long run and you will get more out of your workout because of it. So if someone has the nerve to tell you your form is wrong, they are probably right so please listen.
So if any of these categories sound like I am speaking to you, you need to change up your workout for your own good. If you have any questions or comments on the above information, or think of any other workout mistakes, please feel free to leave them below. There will be more workout mistakes posted soon.